9 policemen referred to urgent criminal trial over assaulting Matariya doctors
Judges of Cairo criminal court during the hearing of Qatar Espionage case, May, 7, 2016. Youm7
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CAIRO: Nine low-ranking policemen were referred by the prosecution to an urgent criminal trial set for May 24 for assaulting doctors at Matariya Hospital in Cairo, Youm7 reported.

In January, policemen in plainclothes allegedly went to the hospital to issue a fake medical report. After the doctors rejected it, an altercation ensued and the policemen attacked the two doctors.

The Medical Syndicate responded by holding an emergency meeting, during which the protesting doctors called for the dismissal of the health minister over “inaction” in protecting them while on duty, and demanded more security measures to be taken at hospitals.

In April, the syndicate addressed the Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal demanding the issuance of legislation to criminalize attacks on medical facilities, the syndicate said in a Saturday statement.

The syndicate further called on the parliament to amend terms of a draft law on health insurance which, according to the syndicate, has a negative impact on medical staff.

It also demanded the cabinet to issue instructions that oblige medical institutions and the police to report any attacks on medical facilities or staff as an “assault on a governmental utility, and public employees on duty.”

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